Signing with RCA Records, Clarkson released her debut single, "A Moment Like This", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States.Her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).Upon graduating from high school, Clarkson was offered full scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and Berklee College of Music, but later declined them, explaining: "I've already written so much music and wanted to try a career on my own" adding, "you're never too old to go to college." After graduation, Clarkson worked several jobs to finance a demo, recording material and trying to market it to record labels, but received little response.
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The album scored her third number-one song on the Hot 100, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)".
Clarkson's sixth album and first Christmas music release, Wrapped in Red (2013), became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this goal.
However, she fought with her label, in particular Clive Davis, who was dissatisfied with her musical direction.
The feud resulted the reluctance of her label to promote the album.
In 2001, she traveled to Los Angeles, trying to pursue a career in music.
She appeared as an extra in a few television series such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Dharma & Greg and briefly worked with musician Gerry Goffin to record five demo tracks in trying to secure a record deal.
Clarkson told her that she had never received any professional vocal training.
She sang at her high school talent show, after which an audience member shared some inspiring words with her: "God has given you this gift. You're destined to sing." Clarkson continued singing and soon started classical training, hoping that music would be her ticket to a college scholarship.
"I'm completely head over heels for him, he knows that." PHOTOS: Love lives of American Idol stars So does that mean wedding bells will soon ring for the duo? "We're taking it slow, and we're enjoying each other," the singer says.